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Iranian Military Leader Is ‘killed’ As Building Next To Embassy In Damascus Is Destroyed In Missile Attack – As State Media Accuses Israel Of Being Behind Airstrike

By Elena Salvoni

Published: 16:27, 1 April 2024 | Updated: 16:29, 1 April 2024

A building next to Iran’s embassy in Damascus has been destroyed in an airstrike, reportedly killing the leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps – with state media saying Israel was behind the attack.

Pictures show the building in Syria’s capital razed to the ground, with emergency responders on the scene.

The report, carried in most of the country’s official outlets, gave no further details. The SNN agency earlier said the Iranian consulate and ambassador’s residence were targeted, without giving further details.

Syria’s SANA state news agency said a building had suffered major destruction and neighbouring buildings were also damaged. 

It did not identify the target, which it said was located in the Mezzeh neighbourhood in the vicinity of Damascus.

Pictures show the building in Syria’s capital razed to the ground, with emergency responders on the scene

Earlier SANA had reported an explosion had been heard in the vicinity of Damascus and said ‘hostile targets’ were intercepted by Syrian air defences.

Since the Iranian-backed Palestinian faction Hamas’s attack on Israel on October 7, Israel has ramped up airstrikes in Syria against Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), both of which support the government of President Bashar al-Assad.